2. What is a margin of radical openness? It is a space where we are heard, where our sense of aesthetic is respected, where our language is valued and without this space we would not survive. This space of radical openness is a margin. Its not a safe place, and one needs a community of resistance, meaning places where people can return to themselves more easily, where they can heal and recover their wholeness. Bell hook identifies the margin as a space of resistance; people in the margin can question norms and authorities to nurture their individuality and self-actualization. This is place is so much more than a place of deprivation, it is also the site of radical possibilities.
3. What is cultural hegemony and how does it work in democratic society?
--It refers to domination or rule achieved through ideological and cultural means
--A group of people (usually elites include the Church) to hold power over social institutions and strongly influence the everyday thoughts, expections, and behavior of the rest of society by directing the normative ideas, values and beliefs that become the dominant worldview of a society
--Cultural hegemony functions by achieving the consent of the masses to abide social norms and the riles of law by framing the worldview of the ruling class and the social and economic structures that go with it, as just, and legitimate for the benefit of all.
--Counter hegemonic cultures: ways of thinking and doing that have revolutionary potential because they run counter to the dominant power.
8. In discussing the politic of cultural heritage what is the difference between contextualization and de-contextualization?
Contextualization is when you preserve everything, the layers, voices, and cultural heritage. You are not suppressing another but preserving all.
De-contextualization is when you erase the context (surroundings) and show them in isolation from its context.